Peacebuilding in Today's World

Hosted by the Department of International Development

Online public event


Lise Grande

Lise Grande

President and CEO of the United States Institute of Peace

David Keen

David Keen

Professor of Conflict Studies, LSE Department of International Development


James Putzel

James Putzel

Professor of Development Studies, LSE

Lise Grande will discuss the factors driving conflict in the next quarter century and the capacity of existing mechanisms and institutions to address these. David Keen will act as discussant for the event. 

Lise Grande is the President and CEO of the U.S. Institute of Peace, established by Congress in 1984 as a non-partisan, independent national institution dedicated to preventing, mitigating, and helping resolve violent conflict abroad. She has 25 years of continuous overseas experience leading, managing, and coordinating complex operations for the United Nations. Lise has held leadership positions in humanitarian, stabilization, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, and development operations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the Caucasus.

David Keen received his doctorate from Oxford. His study of the political economy of famine was published by Princeton University Press as The Benefits of Famine. He is also the author of The Economic Functions of Violence in Civil Wars (Oxford University Press) and The Best of Enemies: Conflict and Collusion in Sierra Leone. He formerly worked as a researcher, consultant and journalist.

Dr Duncan Green is Senior Strategic Adviser at Oxfam GB, Professor in Practice in International Development at the London School of Economics, honorary Professor of International Development at Cardiff University and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Development Studies. He is author of How Change Happens (OUP, October 2016) and From Poverty to Power: How Active Citizens and Effective States can Change the World (Oxfam International, 2008, second edition 2012). His daily development blog can be found on

This talk is part of the Cutting Edge Issues in Development Thinking & Practice, 2021/22, series, a high-profile lecture series run by the Department of International Development at LSE and organised by Professor James Putzel and Professor in Practice Duncan Green.

The Department of International Development promotes interdisciplinary postgraduate teaching and research on processes of social, political and economic development and change. 

Twitter Hashtag for this series: #CuttingEdge2021

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